Giving Makes a DIfference
Giving can make a big difference in expanding learning opportunities for students in Shorewood Schools. The Shorewood SEED (Supporters of Excellence in Education Development) Foundation has helped raise over $200,000 annually to help fund projects, grants, and other various monetary needs of the Shorewood School District since 2003.
Lake Bluff Ambassador Program
A grant worth $1,339 was awarded to former Lake Bluff School Counselor Brenda Dell to fund the Lake Bluff Ambassador Program (LBA). The Ambassador Program provides experiential learning opportunities for 5th and 6th grade students to learn and practice leadership skills, character traits, and other academic strengths. There are four faces to the program: leadership training and development, tutoring, joining and leading interest groups, and community service projects. Current Lake Bluff Counselor Meghan Markham discusses how the LBA benefits the Lake Bluff Community.
1.) What exactly is the Ambassador Program and how does it work?
The Lake Bluff Ambassador program is an opportunity for our 5th and 6th grade students to experience various leadership opportunities. Our students love being creative, helping others, and using their leadership skills in a positive way to help build our school community. The program changes from year to year depending on which types of tasks our student leaders have the most interest in.
2.) How important is sufficient funding to the LBA?
The SEED grant helped to kickstart many of our small projects, which was great! Now that our program has been around for a few years, we have managed to become self-sufficient based on small profits from our LBA popcorn sales. The upside to this is that our Ambassadors have been able to create small clubs that are helping to support our school community and beyond. For example, we were able to purchase compost worms for the Eco Ambassadors!
3.) What sort of projects have benefited from the SEED grant?
All of the tasks started by our LBA center around leading a group of their peers and navigating how to start and finish a project. Some examples include raising and lowering the American Flag every morning and afternoon outside of LB. A group of students organize this schedule, plan alternate subs, and help teach new flag raisers the proper procedures. Another LBA project would be our bi-monthly popcorn sale. There is a group of students that has organized who pops, sells, and promotes the popcorn sales. Various clubs have also popped up through the leadership program. A few of those groups include the Compost Club, the Newspaper Club, and the Charity Club. Last year our LBA won a Promising Practice award through the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership. It is a lot of fun!
4.) Why do you think philanthropy is important for Shorewood Schools?
Philanthropy is what our Lake Bluff Ambassadors are all about! Our 5th and 6th grade students are always looking for ways to help others and support our school community, as well our communities outside of our school. Our students are intrinsically motivated to live by our school motto of "Be kind! Word hard! Have fun!" The experiences that our students have in the LBA has been all about that motto.
For more information about how you can support new learning experiences for students in Shorewood Schools, visit the SEED website at www.shorewoodseed.org or contact Ted Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-961-3161.
Wednesday March, 18, 2015 at 11:00PM
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